Greene County, North Carolina

According to the 2000 Census, Greene County, North Carolina has a population of 18,974 people. Of those, 9,835 (50%) are White, 7,820 (39%) are Black, and 1,511 (6%) are Latino[1]. However, 1,041 (or 5% of the 18,974 people) are not residents by choice but are people in prison.

Even though prisoners cannot participate in the local community, the Census Bureau nevertheless counts them as residents of the county where they are incarcerated.

A more accurate description would not include the prisoners. This would give Greene County a population of 17,933 with a demographic that is 53% White, 39% Black, and 8% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 18,974 1,041 17,933
White 9,835 265 9,570
Black 7,820 743 7,077
Latino 1,511 18 1,493


[1]The numbers for Whites, Blacks and Latinos may not add up to the total number because we have not included racial groups other than Whites and Blacks and because the Census Bureau considers "Latino" to be an ethnicity, not a race. Most of the people reported as being Latino are also counted as being White or Black.

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  • May 15, 2018:
    Our Policy Analyst Lucius Couloute will be at the LEDA Summit on Race and Inclusion in Holland, Michigan, presenting his research on the challenges and disadvantages people face when they are released from prison. Tickets are available on LEDA’s website.

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